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Breaking the Mid-week Blues with HKPO
The MOZART Effect (16&17 Dec)


[24 November 2009 – Hong Kong] Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) presents “The MOZART Effect” on 16 Dec 2009 (Wed) at 8pm in the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre and 17 Dec 2009 (Thu) at 8pm in Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium. The concerts feature 12 of Mozart’s timeless classics performed by pianist Rachel Cheung, horn player Mark Vines, violinist Wang Liang and clarinetist Natalie Jen Hoe under the baton of conductor John Harding.

All Mozart Program to break the mid-week blues

Energize and rejuvenate your mind and soul and fight the mid-week blues with the delightful and uplifting works by everybody’s favourite composer, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart! The Marriage of Figaro: overture, with its vivid colours and light tempo, sets the tone for the evening. As you travel across the musical terrains of the Austrian composer, you will enjoy such different delights as the liveliness of the Divertimento K. 136: 1st movement. The Piano Concerto No.21 in C: 2nd movement, one of Mozart’s most popular works, will be performed by Rachel Cheung. HKPO’s own Mark Vines will play the beautiful and poetic Horn Concerto in D, K. 412/514: 1st movement. Equally intoxicating is the Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219: 3rd movement by HKPO’s own violinist Wang Liang. Young and talented Natalie Jen Hoe will bring you the 2nd movement of Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto, which runslike a perpetual motion, alternates between a sense of happiness and sorrow.  Finally, the evening will be ended by the sparkling Symphony No. 39: 4th movement.

Other Mozart’s timeless classics on the programme include his Serenade No. 13 in G: 1st & 2nd movement, Symphony No. 40: 1st movement, Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388: 2nd movement, Serenade No. 10 in B flat, K. 361: 3rd movement and Rondo in D, K. 485.

Conductor: John Harding

Conductor John Harding [Full Biography] has been Concertmaster of HKPO since 2006, John Harding has had a wide-ranging musical career which has taken him to more than 30 countries, as soloist, teacher, concertmaster, chamber musician, conductor and recording artist.  He has held various prestigious positions including Co-Concertmaster and Associate Conductor of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Guest Leader of the London Symphony Orchestra, Leader of the Residentie Orchestra of Royal Conservatorium in the Hague, Artistic Director of the James Fairfax Young Artists’ Program, Conjoint Professor and Honorary Doctorate of Music at Newcastle University, the Artistic Director of the Australian National Academy of Music and leader of the highly acclaimed Orlando Quartet. He has conducted all of the Australian orchestras, and made over 30 recordings. He has also performed as soloist with all the major Australian orchestras.

Piano: Rachel Cheung

Pianist Rachel Cheung [Full Biography], at the young age of 17, has already achieved quite a host of honors including the 5th Prize at the 2009 Leeds International Piano Competition, 1st prize at the 2004 Gina Bachauer International Junior Piano Competition and 1st prize at the International Competition for Young Pianist in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz.  Her recent appearance with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra on their 2009 Hong Kong Tour under the baton of Vladimir Askenazy has garnered her great acclaim.

Horn: Mark Vines
Horn player Mark Vines [Full Biography] is the principal horn of HKPO and also prizewinner of the Birmingham International Horn Competition and the prestigious . Originally from England, Mark Vines received his first musical training on the piano at the age of seven. Later he switched to French horn with which he had grown a desire that was to eventually lead to him joining the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
A graduate of the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music, Mark learned the horn with David Cripps and Derek Taylor, and natural horn with Rebecca Goldberg. He was a prizewinner at the Birmingham International Horn Competition as well as the prestigious Charles Leggett Award for Horn. After graduating, Mark went on to play regularly with the Halle Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Manchester Camerata and Welsh National Opera, including performances at the London Proms and has worked witt such eminent conductors as Bernard Haitink and Gennadi Rhozdestvensky.

Violin: Wang Liang

Born in Liaoning in China in 1985, Wang Liang started his piano study at the age of 4 and violin study under the tutelage of his mother (concert master of the Liaoning Symphony Orchestra) at the age of 5. He was admitted to the junior section of the Shenyang Music Conservatory in 1998 and the Central Conservatory of Music, with full-scholarship, in 2004. He was appointed as concertmaster in various orchestras, such as the Shenyang Music Conservatory Youth Orchestra, the orchestra of the 1st and 2nd Canton International Summer Music Academy and the orchestra of the opening concert of the 6th Music Festival organized by the Central Conservatory of Music. Besides, he was the First Prize winner of the 1st and 2nd Shenyang Music Conservatory Violin Competition.

Clarinet: Natalie Jen Hoe
Clarinetist Natalie Jen Hoe has been a Junior Music Student with full scholarship at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts since 2002. She is a Grade 12 student in Shatin College. She started learning piano at 4 and began learning the clarinet with Maria Wong at the age of 6. In the past few years, she has also studied with Hong Kong Philharmonic clarinetists Andrew Simon and John Schertle. Natalie has participated in masterclasses with Charles Neidich, Andrew Marriner, Michael Collins, Nicolas Baldeyrou, Antonio Saiote, Florent Héau, Michel Lethiec and Sylvie Hue. She is a member of the Tom Lee Hong Kong Youth NeoWinds Orchestra and has performed Weber Concertino in E Flat in Hong Kong Cultural Centre as well as during the Singapore tour in 2005. In May 2009, she performed Rossini Introduction, Theme and Variations with them. In 2008, Natalie was the winner of the Winds Open Class of the “Young Musician of the Year 2008” Competition and in the Grand Final she performed Weber Clarinet Concerto No. 2 with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra and won “Young Musician of the Year 2008 (Hong Kong, China and Macau)”.

The MOZART Effect
16| 12 | 2009
Wed 8pm
HK Cultural Centre Concert Hall
HK$160  $120   $80

17| 12 | 2009
Thu 8pm
Tsuen Wan Town Hall Auditorium Hall
HK $120  $90  $60
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John Harding


Rachel Cheung


Mark Vines


Wang Liang


Natalie Jen Hoe


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John Harding
Rachel Cheung

Natalie Jen Hoe

The Marriage of Figaro: overture
Divertimento K. 136: 1st movement
Piano Concerto No. 21 in C: 2nd movement

Serenade No. 13 in G: 1st & 2nd movement

Horn Concerto in D, K. 412/514: 1st movement
Symphony No. 40: 1st movement
Serenade No. 12 in C minor, K. 388: 2nd movement
Violin Concerto No. 5 in A, K. 219: 3rd movement
Serenade No. 10 in B flat, K. 361: 3rd movement
Rondo in D, K. 485
Clarinet Concerto: 2nd movement
Symphony No. 39: 4th movement

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Edo de Waart
Artistic Director and Chief Conductor

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra (HKPO) is one of Asia’s leading orchestras. Enriching Hong Kong’s cultural life for over a century, the Orchestra has grown into a formidable ensemble of Chinese and international talents in the last three decades, attracting world-class artists to perform on the same stage. HKPO annually touches the lives of 200,000 music lovers through more than 150 performances including its extensive education activities for children and adults alike, and free concerts such as the popular Swire Symphony Under the Stars, and regular broadcasts and telecasts. Outside of Hong Kong, HKPO has made a number of successful tours in Asia and Europe including a major six-concert tour of China in the 08/09 season under the leadership of Maestro Edo de Waart, drawing great critical acclaims. [Full Biography]

The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is financially supported by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
SWIRE is the Principal Patron of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra.
The Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra is the Venue Partner of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.


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